peo|ple1 W1S1 [ˈpi:pəl] n
2¦(people in general)¦
4 the people
5 somebody's people
6 of all people
7¦(to get attention)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: peuple, from Latin populus; POPULAR]
1.) ¦(PERSONS)¦ [plural]
used as the plural of 'person' to refer to men, women, and children
How many people were at the meeting?
At least 40 people were killed.
the people who live next door
2.) ¦(PEOPLE IN GENERAL)¦ [plural]
people in general, or people other than yourself
I don't care what people think.
People can be really mean sometimes.
theatre/business etc people
(=people who work or are involved in the theatre etc)
The hotel was full of business people.
3.) ¦(COUNTRY/RACE)¦ [C also + plural verb]
the people who belong to a particular country, race, or area
the British/American etc people
He pledged that he would never lie to the American people.
people of
the Basques, a people of north western Spain
the peoples of Europe
4.) the people [plural]
a) all the ordinary people in a country or a state, not the government or ruling class
The people rebelled.
Rice formed the staple food of the common people .
The party try to portray the prime minister as a man of the people (=someone in power who understands or is like ordinary people) .
the people's party/army etc
(=belonging to or popular with the ordinary people)
the People's Liberation Army
Diana - the people's princess
b) AmE used in court cases to represent the government of the US or of a particular state
The People vs. Romero
5.) sb's people [plural]
a) the people that a king or leader rules or leads
The king ordered his people to prepare for war.
b) the people who work for a person or organization
A manager's job is to make his or her people feel part of the system.
c) old-fashioned your relatives, especially your parents, grandparents etc
Do your people live round here?
6.) of all people
spoken used to say that someone is the person you would least or most expect to do something
Why should he, of all people, get a promotion?
You of all people should have known better.
7.) ¦(TO GET ATTENTION)¦ [plural]
AmE spoken informal used to get the attention of a group of people
Listen up, people!
HINT sense 1
See also: person
people 2
people2 v [T usually passive] formal
1.) if a country or area is peopled by people of a particular type, they live there
= ↑inhabit be peopled by/with sb
an island peopled by hardy seafolk
2.) if a story or someone's imagination is peopled by people of a particular type, it is full of them
be peopled by/with sb
Her world was peopled with imaginary friends.

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